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Niri Hanson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Niri Hanson

Birth Name
Other Names

Neri Hanson


Jan 1832 – 3 Oct 1909

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

York, Green County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

4 Jan 1862

Death Location


Burial Location

Conrad Memorial Cemetery, Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana




Maren (Mary) S. Testman

Spouse Lived

Apr 1838- 8 Dec 1918

Married On


Marriage Location


Niri Hanson was born in January 1832 in Norway. He immigrated in 1854. Hanson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed Hanson as living in York, Green County, WI, age 29, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 5, 1861 in Green County, and mustered on January 4, 1862 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was left sick in hospital at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862. He was with the Pioneer Corps during November and December of 1862. He was detached to the Pioneer Corps since February 24, 1863 by the order of Major General Rosecrans. He was detached and assigned to the waterworks in Chattanooga, TN on September 14, 1864. He mustered out with Company E at Chattanooga, TN on December 20, 1864.

After the war, Hanson moved to Albion, Jackson County, WI. He married Maren (Mary) S. Testman in 1865. They had at least three children: Albert (1868), John (1874), and Lewis (1875). He worked as a farmer. In 1905, they lived in Black River Falls, Jackson County, WI. Between 1905 and 1909, they moved to MT. Hanson died on October 3, 1909 and is buried in Conrad Memorial Cemetery, Kalispell, Flathead County, MT. Mary died on December 8, 1918 and is buried in the same cemetery.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-7; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.74; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.479; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.304; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_198; 1880 Census, Roll: 1429, Family History Film: 1255429, Page: 309B, Enumeration District: 075; 1900 Census, Roll: 1792, Page: 5A, Enumeration District: 0041, FHL microfilm: 1241792; WI 1905 Census, Roll #CSUSAWI1905_13; Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1900, Batch #100780-1, GS Film #1266682, Ref. ID: 163;